Tuesday, October 24, 2006

One Yard Fabric Swap

I am a truly terrible blogger these days. This wonderful package from Joni arrived last week as part of the One Yard Fabric Swap. Joni really outdid herself with this one! 2 beautiful retro fabrics-one has DUCKS on it, a tape measure, stitch markers she made, chocolate, buttons, ribbon and the neatest wooden bowl. Oh, and the best scented soap ever! I am leaning towards a new apron with my pretty fabric when I have the time to sew for me. The wooden bowl is in use as a sock yarn ball holder when I want to knit during school. It is perfect for that! Hold the ball, the sock in progress, a tin of stitch markers, a tape measure and my index card of notes on the project. Completely portable and neat, just what I needed. Thank you, Joni!

Yesterday was Miss E's 7th birthday. 7, already? Surely that cannot be. Why just a month ago I was toting her to the lab for that bilirubin test every day or so for weeks. Wasn't her first smile last night? E, you are a delight (like your sisters). You are the source of never-ending amazement and wonder for me. Quick with a smile, fast with the comebacks and smart as a whip, I am proud to be your mama. You are a beautiful princess!

Thank you all for the birthday wishes and comments on the outfit I made for Amanda's darling daughter. It always shocks and amazes me how nicely my work is received. To me, it's just something I do and as I am sure most crafting folks would agree, I can always find about 50 tiny flaws that to me are just screaming out "She is awful". So, Princess G, wear it in good health and enjoy. Don't go looking for the flaws either! lol

Sunday, October 22, 2006

What One Could Knit

With 12 miles of yarn: Lauren Porter. Not sure whether this is a WTF or a too much time on her hands thing....

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Yesterday, these beauties arrived on my doorstep...to celebrate today. (Thanks, Duck..you rock!)

Today marks the beginning of the 36th year of Jill. GASP. SHUDDER. SIGH. 36 already? Really? That means in a few short months, I will have lived on my own exactly half my lifetime. It means that in a week, Miss E will be 7. Thanksgiving isn't far away and Christmas will be here faster than I could ever be ready for. Another sigh.

And all that means TOMORROW, I will most certainly find new wrinkles around my eyes and quite possibly a new grey hair sticking out from the auburn. Or maybe I will just stroke out when I finally come down off the flower high and look at the new driver license picture from this morning.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Baby's got a brand new sweater

Just in time too! The temps are dropping and we definitely need sweaters and jackets outside now.Some time ago, Bron the Cotton Queen and I swapped yarns. This is what I finally did with mine...knit the babe a sweater.I know, I know, vital stats, right?

Yarn: TLC Cotton Plus in Jazz (3615). Cannot say enough about this yarn. Thanks, Bron for turning me on to it! Pattern was from The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns by Ann Budd, raglan worked seamless from the bottom up. Hence the issues with the neckline. E loves it but I really hate it. Three tries and this was the best we could come up with. As long as she will wear it, I guess I can live with it.

And finally, a quilt top pieced last week. A certain Southern knitter generously shared her stash of quilting goodies with me when she moved...this fabric jumped out and said "Use me first", so I added some white from the cabinet and viola! I am not sure I like the layout so much just yet and have not decided who will receive this one, the pattern was certainly easy enough. Fast 5 is the pattern name but I cannot remember the link or find the pattern right this minute.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Heard Around the House

Overheard this morning:

E: "My boots stink."
J: " Probably because your feet have been in them!"

I believe that says it all. Laughter is alive and well at Chez Duck.